Let the shopping begin!

December typically leaves many people scrambling to find the perfect holiday gifts for family and friends. The About staff found many unique items perfect for that hard-to-buy-for person on your list. From the pet lover to the foodie, inexpensive gifts to over-the-top, some for the kids or the Stark County enthusiast — we found something for everyone.Happy shopping!

December typically leaves many people scrambling to find the perfect holiday gifts for family and friends. The About staff found many unique items perfect for that hard-to-buy-for person on your list. From the pet lover to the foodie, inexpensive gifts to over-the-top, some for the kids or the Stark County enthusiast — we found something for everyone.Happy shopping!

STARK COUNTY GIFTS

CANTON T-SHIRTS!
Show your hometown pride by boasting one of these shirts. A newcomer to the downtown scene, the Buzzbin magazine art and music shop carries several styles of “Canton”T-shirts for all ages.They’re designed locally by Michael Nasvadi and printed here too by Heather Anna and Natalie David. $14.98. Buzzbin magazine art and gift shop, 339 Cleveland Ave. NW, Canton. (330) 313-1087.

DESTINATION CANTON
Show your support for Stark County with a custom-made gift this year, such as this tie featuring the Stark County Courthouse angels. Barb and Steve Hoskins of Perry Township recognized the need for postcards and other items that tout Canton and Stark County. Their photos can be made into most anything — mugs, bags, T-shirts, pins or key chains.The tie retails for $31.75. Postcards are $1 and also can be found locally at Avenue Antiques, among other gift shops. www.plumstreetconnection.com or www.zazzle.com/plumstreet.

OFFICIAL ORNAMENT
The White House Historical Association’s annual Christmas ornament honors William McKinley this year and celebrates the role of music in the traditions of the White House. The ornate ornament will complement any tree this holiday, whether it be for a collector, historian or anyone else on your Christmas list. $24.95.The National First Ladies’ Library, 331 Market Ave. S, Canton. (330) 452-0876.

NOT SPECIFICALLY STARK, BUT…
Hand-woven on an antique loom at the Wm. McKinley Presidential Library & Museum, this 49-inch rug is made of 100 percent cotton warp and recycled materials. You can even bring in your own jeans (or other material) to be made into a personalized rug. $24.50.Wm. McKinley Presidential Library & Museum gift shop, 800 McKinley Monument Dr. NW, Canton. (330) 455-7043.

READ ALL ABOUT IT
Canton’s history is retold through postcards in this book, “Canton,” a postcard history series by former Canton resident Gay Morgan Moore. More than 200 postcards representing important and recognizable Canton sites. $21.99. Wm. McKinley Presidential Library & Museum gift shop, 800 McKinley Monument Dr. NW, Canton. (330) 455-7043.

GIFTS FOR THE FOODIE

CAN’T GO WRONG WITH THIS
Have a wine lover on your list? Tony and Theresa Antoniades, owners of the Avenue Wine Shop in Canton, have just the gift — a bottle of wine to enjoy each month. “Wine of the Month Club” recipients will visit the shop each month in 2011 to select a $15 bottle of wine, with recommendation by the owners. Cost for the $15 package is $162 plus tax; $10 and $20 packages are available as well. Avenue Wine Shop, 1728 Cleveland Ave. NW. (330) 454-8108.

FANCY TOSSERS
Upscale (yet reasonably priced) boutique housewares, such as these decorative bamboo salad tongs with artichokes, can be found at the new gift shop at Fishers Foods at Fulton Drive and Frank Avenue NW in Jackson Township. The shop offers abundant seasonal decor, kitchen gadgets, dishware and serving pieces, aprons and more. It’s a great place to pick up fun hostess gifts and stocking stuffers. $16.99. Fishers Foods, 5215 Fulton Dr. NW, Jackson Township. (330) 497-3000.

SPACE SAVER!
Cramped cooks will appreciate “collapsible” kitchenware that squishes flat for simple storage. These stylish SleekStor silicone measuring cups come with a bonus set of measuring spoons. The company also makes a variety of collapsible colanders. $14.99. Bed, Bath & Beyond, 6725 Strip Ave. NW, Jackson Township. (330) 305-1544 or visit www.bedbathandbeyond.com.

NO, YOU CAN’T GIFT WRAP THE CHEF … BUT …
Give the gift of a custom dining experience at the historic Canton Club Event Center atop the Chase Tower in downtown Canton. Chef Mark Pullin will create any themed dinner you have in mind, whether it’s a romantic dinner for two in front of the gas-burning fireplace in the McKinley Room, or a Mongolian barbecue bash for 100 in the ballroom. “The sky is the limit,” said Pullin, who recently won the title of Grand Champion for the area’s Taste of the NFL competition. “I can do whatever people want; Greek, Asian, authentic Italian, German, vegetarian, wild game. There also are several dining areas to choose from, including the terrace, the bar and the terrace room.” The Canton Club Event Center, 101 Central Plaza S. (330) 454-2582 or visit www.cantonclubevents.com.

OVER-THE-TOP GIFTS

CLASSIC PHOTOGRAPHY
Photographer Roy Schatt’s classic portrait of screen rebel James Dean is available in a signed, numbered and framed print for $2,230 at the Joseph Saxton Gallery of Photography, 520 Cleveland Ave. NW, Canton. (330) 438-0030 or visit www.josephsaxton.com.

BIG KID TOY
This shiny toy is a ‘56 Thunderbird with 3 speed on the floor, overdrive transmission and both a removable hard top (as shown) and a black soft top for summer convertible cruising. $29,995 at Motorcar Portfolio, 320 Market Ave. S, Canton, (330) 453-8900 or visit www.motorcarportfolio.com.

TAKE A DIVE
Nothing says love quite like sharing a thrilling leap from an airplane 14,000 feet off the ground! Skydiving for two runs $438, all inclusive, from Canton Airsports. 14008 Union Ave. NE, Lexington Township. (330) 823-0370 or visit www.cantonairsports.com.

8.63 KARATS!
Dazzle her with diamonds this holiday. Lot of them. From an estate in North Carolina, this 18-karat gold bracelet has 33 engagement-quality diamonds that add up to 8.63 karats. The price? A mere $13,000. Craig Personal Jewelers, 3930 Fulton Dr. NW, Plain Township. (330) 492-8822 or visit www.craigpersonaljewelers.com.

WEEKEND HOT TUB
Give the gift of relaxation with this gift. Rent a four-person Hot Springs spa for two weeks of blissful relaxation, especially welcome in the winter chill. The price of $400 includes delivery, setup and a water-care package. Ohio Pools & Spas, 6815 Whipple Ave. NW, Jackson Township. (330) 494-7755 or visit www.ohiopools.com.

GIFTS LESS THAN $10

IT’S ONLY $8?
This beautifully framed, double-matted teacup print was just $8 at Vintage Thrift Shop. The Perry Township boutique specializes in like-new home decorating items, including furniture, glassware and art. 5135 Tuscarawas St.W, Perry Township. (330) 479-9444.

CONVERSATION PIECE
The huge, multi-aisle selection of candleholders and candles at Flower Factory guarantees you’ll find the right one for any taste. This 3-foot-tall metal sculpture with hints of pink and green was $8.98. 5655 Whipple Ave. NW, Jackson Township. (330) 494-0010.

BARGAIN BOOKS
These hardcover, photo-laden books would be an appreciated gift whether your recipient is a world traveler or an armchair traveler. Just $4.99 in the Borders bargain section, where you’ll also find deeply discounted cookbooks and children’s books. 6751 Strip Ave. NW, Jackson Township. (330) 494-4776.

NOTHING’S BETTER THAN HOMEMADE
Personalize! Nothing says love like a gift you make yourself. At Hot Pots, you can create one-of-kind fused-glass pendants or earrings for $10. For a few dollars more, you can make night lights or wind chimes. 1828 W. State St., Alliance (330) 823-3333.

SEASONALLY FESTIVE
This table topper ($9.98) can be changed to fit the season. Switch the candle hue to tangerine and tuck the tube full of acorns. Or fill it with seashells and set it in the bathroom. You’ll find dozens of equally clever items for $10 to $15 at the Massillon Women’s Club gift shop, open Fridays in December, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. 210 Fourth St. NE, Massillon. (330) 833-4896.

GIFTS FOR KIDS

SO SOFT
This foldable, fluffy creature has the functionality of a pillow with the security of a plush pet. Formerly not available in stores, the huggable creatures are popping up in local retail stores everywhere this holiday season. $19.99. We found this one at Toys R Us. 4822 Whipple Ave. NW, Plain Township. (330) 493-8697 or visit www.toysrus.com.

PICK A FAVORITE
Online and in person, get hard-to-find NFL jerseys such as those of Mark Sanchez, Colt McCoy and Tim Tebow for $79.99. Plus, find the latest official sideline caps worn by your favorite teams, such as this Chicago Bears one for $24.99. Pro Football Hall of Fame Store. 2121 George Halas Dr. NW, Canton. (330) 456-8207 or visit www.store.profootballhof.com.

PERFECT FOR GIRLS
Girls of all ages love to make and wear their own accessories.These kits for making bracelets, lip gloss and lamps are available at Target. Prices for kits range from $10 to $20. 5584 Dressler Rd. NW, Jackson Township. (330) 494-2153 or visit www.target.com.

TEAM FAVORITES
Available for any team — high school, college or pro — these unique football lamps are perfect for your young football fan. If you don’t see the team you want, ask and they will get it for you in about a week. $39.99, or revolving lamps for $34.99. JT Fashions (inside Hartville MarketPlace); also open in Carnation Mall through Dec. 24. 1289 Edison St. NW, Lake Township. (330) 587-0039.

COLLECT THEM ALL
These tiny action figures, called Squinkies, are designed for little girls and boys.There are more than 200 characters to collect, and they come with colorful and entertaining add-ons. Find them at Toys R Us,Wal-Mart, and other retailers, as well as online. $7.99 to $12.99 for packages of several.

GIFTS FOR YOUR PET (OR PET LOVER)

FOR YOUR BUCKEYE FAN
Who cares if your little girl has fur, claws and a big snout? She, too, can be a Buckeyes cheerleader in this snappy cotton uniform with Velcro closures, available in three sizes. $21.95 at Moochie & Co.,Westfield Belden Village Mall, 4230 Belden Village St. NW, Jackson Township, (330) 494-9061. Or visit www.moochieandcompany.com.

PET SITTER
Keep your pet kitties riveted to the TV screen with this “Cat Sitter” DVD starring gerbils, chipmunks, fish, squirrels and birds. The “Best Puppy Tricks” DVD provides step-by-step instruction from animal trainer Kyra Sundance for teaching your new puppy 17 tricks. “Cat Sitter” is $9.95 and “Best Puppy Tricks” is $12.99. PetSmart, 5465 Dressler Rd. NW, Jackson Township, (330) 305-1549; and 2026 Lincoln Way E, Massillon, (330) 832-9254. Or visit www.petsmart.com.

SLEEP AND PLAY
This handsome sculptural piece is actually a scratching post for feline friends, with both sisal and carpet surfaces, plus a dangling toy. The Dream Curl, $29.99. PetSmart, 5465 Dressler Rd. NW, Jackson Township, (330) 305-1549; and 2026 Lincoln Way E, Massillon, (330) 832-9254. Or visit www.petsmart.com.

SQUEEZE HIM!
“Ohh Nooh!” Mr. Bill, the accident-prone character from “Saturday Night Live,” has been reborn as a plush dog toy. Squeeze him and he talks. $9.95 at Moochie & Co., Westfield Belden Village Mall, 4230 Belden Village St. NW, Jackson Township, (330) 494-9061. Or visit www.moochieandcompany.com.

PET VACATION
While you’re away on vacation, treat your dog to deluxe accommodations at the Orrville Pet Spa & Resort, a stress-free kennel alternative owned and monitored by veterinarians. Pets get a deluxe, homelike room plus three walks, a play session and a treat daily. Rooms start at $38.50 per day. Orrville Pet Spa & Resort, 1665 N. Main St. (330) 683-3335. Or visit www.orrvillepetspa.com.

TAKE ME HOME!
The best pet gift of all is a live dog or cat to raise, nurture and snuggle. Adopting a new friend runs $10 to $25, depending upon the animal’s age, from the Humane Society of Stark County. 5100 Peach St. NE, Nimishillen Township, (330) 453-5529. Or visit www.starkhumane.org.

Where to buy

The Repository
Select Rite Aid Stores
Spee-D Foods
Buehler's Fresh Foods
Fishers Foods, including 44th Street NW, Tuscarawas St. W, Fulton Drive, Lincoln Way E. and Cleveland Ave. NW locations
Aultman Hospital Gift Shop
Mercy Medical Center Gift Shop
Gervasi Vineyard Marketplace
Carpe Diem Coffee Shop, downtown Canton and Belden Village Mall locations
News Depot
Avenue Arts Marketplace
Yum Yum Tree Alliance
Grapes in a Glass